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 Post subject: Wheel in need of repair
PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:42 am 
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Can anyone recommend a good wheel repairer/builder in the Somerset area?

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Many thanks


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:47 pm 
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If you're courageous i'd recommend trying it yourself. I've built 2 wheels in the last couple of weeks and the results have been surprising and i'd never built one before.
I could 'tweak' and replace spokes but never more than that.

If you need one repaired or a rim replaced it's easier than starting from scratch ;)


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:02 pm 
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I might give it a go some time.

But what I need at the minute is an expert who is good at repairing wheels/hubs &rims


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:15 pm 
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Where are you?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:50 pm 
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I'm in Somerset mate


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:36 am 
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definitely worth giving it a go at some point. I bit the bullet, bought a cheap jig and have built a few wheels which are still round, true and on bikes.

That said, of you want a good wheel builder, it is worth finding one. I've had a few built by local bike shops that have been shocking. I had no idea how bad they were until I had issues and due to a house move, had to find a new lbs who was very critical of the builds. You don't know what you don't know until you do. Its what prompted me to give it a go. My first build I wanted to get checked before I rode, took them to the critical lbs who was quite complimentary though did need to give them a tweak.

Even if you don't get it right, you'll only have to pay for a true rather than a build.

I went to one lbs and asked them to build me some wheels. Their advice was that even if I laced the wheels loosely, it would still only count as a true so much cheaper than a wheel build (£60 per wheel iirc), true, £10.

I still built them to the best of my amateur ability though, its the only way to learn as the feedback from the true job I can take to my next build.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:38 pm 
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That's food for thought for sure.

There's tutorial videos on YouTube that walk you through it.

I reckon I will stick my neck out and give it a go.

Nice one Ian,thanks mate.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:52 am 
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As others have already mentioned, it's well worth learning to build wheels yourself. Just be patient take it slowly - it's very therapeutic 8)
There's an excellent page on wheelbuilding in Sheldon Brown's site which also contains a link to a book on the subject by Paul Musson.
Here's the link:

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:17 am 
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Thank you for all your feedback


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 7:17 pm 
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Sorry for the late reply, been a bit busy. I'm in Wellington, where in Somerset are you?


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